EASTON, Pa. - Pyrotechnic fans are headed over the border to get their fireworks fix this Fourth of July, even though having any kind of fireworks is illegal in New Jersey.
Business is booming at Phantom Fireworks and TNT Fireworks in Easton. New Jersey State Police are aware of the holiday tradition and say they know what routes people take to bring fireworks back to the Garden State and will be ready.
Owning, transporting or setting off fireworks in New Jersey means thousands of dollars in fines.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates there were 8700 fireworks-related injuries in 2012, and at least six people died. Police say that's why fireworks are best left to the experts at professionally managed shows.
But those statistics aren't keeping New Jerseyans away.